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Tiffany Studios’ Iconic Decorative and Leaded-Glass Creations

Cameel Halim

Cameel Halim heads CH Ventures, LLC, and undertakes commercial real estate transactions throughout the Chicago area. Cameel Halim and his wife recently opened the Halim Family Museum of Time & Glass. Reflecting a lifetime of collecting antique timepieces from around the world, the museum also offers glass pieces such as a Thomas Webb & Sons cameo jar and a Bohemian goblet.

The collection also features a number of decorative Tiffany Studios leaded glass pieces in the Art Nouveau style of the early 20th century. The works are the creation of Louis Comfort Tiffany, who embraced a full range of decorative mediums throughout a career that lasted from the 1870s to the 1920s.
Refusing to join the family jewelry business Tiffany & Company, the younger Tiffany began as a painter, with a focus on exotic architecture in locales he had visited, such as Morocco. He gained renown through interior design projects that involved the creation of a diverse range of mosaics, pottery, metalwork, and glass.
In the 1880s, he patented a new type of opalescent glass that was internally colored and offered him the opportunity to “paint” multihued creations. The colors were blended while still molten, which added to the subtle shading effects. Tiffany created numerous pieces in a variety of motifs, from irises to religious scenes.

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